SECTION FIVE
ELECTIONS TO THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

CHAPTER NINETEEN
GENERAL PROVISIONS

 

Article 94: Composition of the National Assembly

In accordance with Article 63 of the Constitution of the Republic of Armenia, the National Assembly is composed of one hundred and thirty one deputies.

 

Article 95: The Electoral System

1. Elections to the National Assembly are held by proportional and majoritarian systems.

2. 56 deputies are elected by proportional system from among the number of candidates nominated for deputy by lists from one multi-mandate constituency, covering the entire territory of the Republic.

3. 75 deputies are elected by majoritarian system one deputy from one constituency.

 

Article 96: Electoral Right

1. Every citizen is entitled to one vote at the multi-mandate constituency, and one vote at the single-mandate constituency.

2. A citizen can be nominated exclusively by one list and exclusively at one majoritarian constituency.

 

Article 97: Requirements for a Candidate for Deputy

1. In accordance with Article 64 of the Constitution of the Republic of Armenia, anyone who has attained the age of 25 years, has been a citizen of the Republic of Armenia for the last five years, has been a permanently residing in the Republic of Armenia for the last five years and has the right to vote, can be elected a Deputy.

2. Members of the Constitutional Court, judges, Ministers, Deputy Ministers, the Mayor of Yerevan, Deputy Mayor, Governors, Deputy Governors, employees of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and National Security, employees of tax inspection and customs department, employees of the prosecutor's office, the military, and the insurance agents (employees of the social security) cannot be nominated as candidates for deputy to the National Assembly by majoritarian system. The above-mentioned persons can be registered as candidates for the deputy of the National Assembly after they resign from the positions they are holding.

3. Members of the Constitutional Court, judges, employees of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and National Security, employees of tax inspection and customs department, employees of the prosecutor's office, and the military cannot be nominated as candidates for deputy to the National Assembly by proportional system. The above-mentioned persons can be registered as candidates for the deputy of the National Assembly by proportional system after they resign from the position they are holding.

 

Article 98: Constituencies

1. For conducting the National Assembly majoritarian elections 75 constituencies are formed on the territory of the Republic of Armenia, which shall meet the following requirements:

1). equal number of voters shall be included in the constituencies; up to 15 per cent difference of the number of voters is allowed;

2). constituencies form a unified territory; it is not allowed to include precincts without common borders in one constituency.

3). constituencies are formed and numbered by the Central Electoral Commission, on the basis of the number of voters registered in their regions, which is provided by the Governors. The data is submitted according to the communities, at least 95 days prior to the day of elections.

2. The Central Electoral Commission establishes and publishes the numbered list of the single-mandate constituencies and their scheme, at least 90 days prior to the day of elections.

3. During the extraordinary elections constituencies do not undergo changes.

 

CHAPTER TWENTY
NOMINATION AND REGISTRATION
OF CANDIDATES FOR DEPUTIES

 Article 99: The Right to Nominate a Candidate for Deputy

1. Parties and party alliances have the right to nominate candidates for deputies to the National Assembly by proportional system.

2. Party alliances can be set up in the event if at least two parties form a pre-electoral union.

3. In the period of elections, parties, within a party alliance, cannot join other party alliances.

4. The decision on joining a party alliance is made by the permanently functioning body of the party.

5. The party alliance is registered in the Central Electoral Commission not later than within three days after the submission of the decision of the permanently functioning body of the parties.

6. Lists of the party alliances are compiled from the separate lists presented by the each of the parties within the alliance. The order of the candidates in the party lists of the alliance is decided during the joint consultations of the parties within the alliance.

7. In the event of withdrawal of a party from the party alliance the names of candidates submitted by those parties is withdrawn from the party alliance list.

8. Parties registered in the Republic of Armenia, in accordance with the procedure in Article 104, and the citizens, in accordance with Article 105 of this Code have the right to nominate candidates for deputies of the National Assembly by majoritarian system.

 

Article 100: Nomination of Candidates for Deputies of the National Assembly by Proportional System

1. Parties present application to the Central Electoral Commission on running in elections of the National Assembly by proportional system, upon the decision of their permanently functioning body.

2. Each party has the right to nominate only one list of candidates for deputies. The party within a party alliance has no right to nominate a separate candidates' list on its own behalf. Women shall make at least five per cent of the candidates in the electoral lists presented by a party for the elections to the National Assembly by proportional system. Non-partisan representatives can also be included in the electoral lists presented by a party, by proportional system.

3. The application of a party on running in the elections of the National Assembly shall include:

1). party charter (in the event of the party alliance the charters of al the parties in the alliance), the document on naming the alliance;

2). decision of the permanently functioning body of the party on the nomination of candidates for deputies to the National Assembly by the proportional system, the list of the candidates, which includes by consecutive numbers the family name, first name, date of birth, passport number, place of registered residence, place of work and position (occupation) of nominated candidates;

3). receipt on the payment of the electoral deposit in the amount of 2,500 times the minimum salary;

4). references, that the candidates nominated by party lists have been a citizen of the Republic of Armenia within the last five years;

5). references, that the candidates nominated by party lists have been permanently residing in the Republic of Armenia for the last five years;

6). written statement of the candidates nominated by party lists of their consent for being registered as candidates for deputies;

7). declaration about his/her private property and his/her and his/her family members' income for the last one year;

8). separate party lists presented by the parties within the alliance.

4. References mentioned in sub-points four and five of point three of this Article are allocated to the citizens nominated as candidates, in the procedure established by the Central Electoral Commission, by the authorized state body within three days after the application.

5. For the registration with the Central Electoral Commission the permanently functioning body of a party submits the data of up to three plenipotentiary representatives (family name, first name, date of birth, place of work and position (occupation).

6. The Central Electoral Commission making sure of the validity of the submitted documents decides to issue official papers for the support of nomination (in the amount requested) to the party, in the person of its plenipotentiary representatives registered in the Central Electoral Commission. The Central Electoral Commission establishes the procedure for the allocation of the official papers of support.

7. If a party within an alliance has refused to be registered, its representatives shall be withdrawn from the general list.

8. The sum of the electoral deposit of the party that has received mandates in the National Assembly by proportional system is returned; the electoral deposit of the parties that have not received mandates is transferred to the state budget.

9. A party list is considered as nominated, if at least 30,000 citizens have supported its nomination and expressed their will by signing the official papers for the support of nomination.

10. The procedure for collecting signatures in the official papers for the support of nomination of parties, which have submitted application on participation in the elections of the National Assembly by proportional system, and the verification of validity is carried out according to the procedure set forth in Articles 69-70 of this Code.

11. In the event of recognizing the elections as invalid, the sum of the electoral deposit is returned.

 

Article 101: Registration of Party Lists, running in the Elections of the National Assembly by Proportional System

1. A party list is considered as registered, if the party submits all required documents within the determined dates and in compliance with the procedure determined by the Code, and if at least 30,000 valid signatures are available in the official papers for the support of its nomination.

2. In case of objections around the registration of party list, a voting will be set. If there are no objections, the list is considered registered. The registration of the party list may be rejected following the decision, taken by two thirds of the total number of the members of the commission.

3. The session of the commission discussing the issue of registration of the party list, can be attended by the plenipotentiary representative of the party.

 

Article 102: Denial in Registration or Recognition as Invalid of a Party List and the Candidate on it

1. Central Electoral Commission denies the registration of a party list if:

1) in accordance with the procedure of this code, the number of valid signatures for the support of the nomination of the party is less than 30,000.

2) Documents submitted for registration are falsified.

2. Central Electoral Commission denies the registration of a citizen in the party list, if

1) restrictions set forth by the Code extend onto him/her;

2) documents submitted for his/her registration are falsified

Central Electoral Commission denies the registration of a citizen in the party list by at least two/third vote of the total number of its members.

3. In case of denial of registration of a party list, the sum of electoral deposit is paid back.

4. Central Electoral Commission declares the registration of the party list invalid, if the following facts are disclosed after the registration:

1) restrictions set forth by the Code extend onto the party list;

2) documents submitted for registration are falsified.

5. Central Electoral Commission declares the registration of a candidate in the party list invalid, if the following facts are disclosed after the registration:

1) restrictions set forth by the Code extend onto the candidate;

2) documents submitted for the registration of the candidate are falsified.

In the above-mentioned cases, candidate is taken out of the party list.

6. If registration of party list is declared invalid, electoral deposit as well as all means of pre-electoral fund are transferred to the state budget.

7. Central Electoral Commission may declare the registration of the party list or a candidate in the party list invalid by at least two/third vote of the total number of its members.

8. The decision of Central Electoral Commission on the denial or recognition as invalid of the registration of party list or a person in it may be appealed to Court within three days after it has been taken.

9. Based on the verdict of Court on recognizing unlawful the decision on the denial or recognition as invalid of registration of the party list and a citizen in it, the party list or the citizen in it shall be recognized registered or re-registered.

 

Article 103: Recognition of the Registration of the Party List and the Candidate on it as Out of Force

1. The registration of a party list shall be recognized as out of force, if:

1). an application on self-withdrawal has been submitted;

2). the requirement under point eight of Article 18 of this Code has been violated;

3). the requirement under point 7 of Article 25 of this Code has been violated.

2. A party can submit an application on self-withdrawal to the Central Electoral Commission not later than ten days prior to voting.

3. Based on the application on self-withdrawal the registration of the party list is recognized out of force and its electoral deposit, as well as the means left in the pre-election fund are transferred to the state budget.

4. In the event of recognizing the registration of a party list as out of force under point eight of Article 18 and point seven of Article 25, party's electoral deposit and the means left in the pre-election fund are transferred to the state budget.

4. The registration of the candidate on a party list is recognized as out of force, if he/she:

1). has submitted an application on self-withdrawal;

2). has died;

3). the requirement under point eight of Article 18 of this Code has been violated;

4). the requirement under point seven of Article 25 of this Code has been violated;

5). Does not any more have the right to vote.

 

Article 104: Nomination of Candidates for the National Assembly Deputies by Parties by Majoritarian System

1. Parties registered in the Republic of Armenia have the right to nominate candidates for the National Assembly Deputies by majoritarian system.

2. Parties have the right to nominate one candidate at each constituency.

3. The nomination of candidates by majoritarian system is carried out by the decision of permanently functioning body of the party by secret vote.

4. A party can nominate as a candidate also a person, who is not a party member.

 

Article 105: Nomination of Candidates for the National Assembly Deputy by Citizens by Majoritarian System

1. At least fifty citizens of the Republic of Armenia who have the right to vote can form an initiative group for the nomination of candidates for the National Assembly deputy by majoritarian system.

2. The initiative group applies in writing to the Regional Electoral Commission with a request for registration, for which, apart from the application, submits the decision of the meeting of the initiative group for the nomination of the candidate for the deputy of the National Assembly, as well as data, in accordance with Article 67 of this Code, on the two plenipotentiary representatives of the initiative group, in the manner prescribed by the law.

3. The decision of the meeting of the initiative group shall contain the family names, first names, dates of birth, identification documents numbers, place of residence, address and signatures of the members of the initiative group.

4. After submitting the necessary documents to the Regional Electoral Commission, authorized proxies of candidates will be given 2 official papers for support of the nomination of candidate, in compliance with the procedure determined by the Code.

 

Article 106: Requirements for Nomination of a Candidate for the Deputy of the National Assembly by Majoritarian System

1. The decision of the permanently functioning body of the party and the application (decision) of the initiative group on the nomination of the candidate for the deputy of the National Assembly by majoritarian system shall include the constituency number and the following data on the nominated candidate:

1). family name, first name;

2). year, month and date of birth;

3). place of registered residence;

4). place of work and position (occupation);

5). party affiliation;

6). declaration about his/her private property and his/her and his/her family members' income for the last one year;

7). passport number.

2. Together with the submission to the Regional Electoral Commission of the decisions of the permanently functioning body of the party and of the initiative group on the nomination of the candidate for the deputy of the National Assembly by the majority system, the written statement of the nominated candidate on his/her willingness to be registered in the given constituency shall be submitted.

 

 

Article 107: Procedure for Collecting Signatures by Parties and Citizens for Nomination of the National Assembly Candidates by Majoritarian System and the Procedure for Verification of their Validity

In the time frame established by Article 117, parties and citizens receive official papers for the support of the nomination of the National Assembly candidates from the relevant Regional Electoral Commission. For the support of the nomination signatures of at least 500 voters of the given constituency shall be collected for the nomination of the given candidate; the signatures are collected and their validity is verified in accordance with the procedure established by Articles 69-70 of this Code.

 

Article 108: Registration of Candidates for Deputy of the National Assembly Nominated by the Majoritarian System

1. Candidates for the deputy of the National Assembly nominated by majoritarian system are registered by the decision of the Regional Electoral Commission.

2. At least 45 days prior to the elections to the National Assembly, parties and initiative groups submit to the Regional Electoral Commission for registration of candidates by majoritarian system the following documentation:

1). at least 500 signatures of voters residing in the given constituency, confirming the nomination;

2). receipt on payment of the electoral deposit in the amount of 100 times the amount of the minimum salary;

3). reference on citizenship of the Republic of Armenia for the last five years;

4). reference on permanent residence in the Republic of Armenia during the last five years;

The candidate submits the above-mentioned documentation to the Regional Electoral Commission by himself/herself or through a plenipotentiary representative.

3. In the event of being elected to the National Assembly, as well as receiving more than five per cent of the votes cast, the electoral deposit is paid back.

4. The candidate or his/her plenipotentiary representative or the plenipotentiary representative of the party, which has nominated him/her, has the right to be present at the session of the commission during the consideration of the registration of the nomination of the candidate.

The Regional Electoral Commission denies the registration of the nominated candidate, if:

1). the number of valid votes in the official papers for the support of the candidacy after the verification is less than 500;

2). restrictions set forth by this Code extend onto the citizens nominated for the candidate;

3). the documentation submitted for registration are falsified.

5. In the event of an objection about the registration of the citizen nominated for the candidate, the issue is put to vote. The registration is denied with at least two-thirds vote of the total number of the members of the Central Electoral Commission. In the event of no objection the candidate is considered as registered.

6. In the event of the denial of the registration of the citizen nominated for the candidate, his/her electoral deposit is paid back.

7. The Regional Electoral Commission recognizes the registration of the citizen nominated for the candidate as invalid, if after the registration the following facts have been revealed:

1) the restrictions under this Code extend onto the candidate.

2) Documents submitted for registration are falsified.

Central Electoral Commission declares the registration of a candidate invalid by at least two/third vote of the total number of its members.

8. In the event of recognizing the registration of the candidate as invalid, his/her electoral deposit and the means left in the pre-election fund are transferred to the state budget.

9. The decision of the Regional Electoral Commission on the denial or recognizing as invalid the registration of the candidate for the deputy can be appealed to court within three days after it has been taken.

10. Based on the judgement of the court on recognizing the decision on the denial or recognition invalid of the registration of the candidate for the deputy unlawful, he/she is recognized as registered or re-registered.

 

Article 109: Recognition as Out of Force of the Registration of the National Assembly Candidate Nominated by Majoritarian System

The registration of the National Assembly candidate by majoritarian system is recognized as out of force, if he/she:

1). has not any more the right to vote;

2). has submitted an application on self-withdrawal;

3). has died;

4). has violated the requirement under point eight of Article 18 of this Code;

5). has violated the requirement under point seven of Article 25 of this Code;

2. In the event of recognizing the registration of the candidate nominated for the deputy of the National Assembly by majoritarian system as out of force in the result of his/her death, the electoral deposit is transferred to his/her heirs, and the means left in the pre-election fund are transferred to the state budget.

3. In the event of recognizing the registration of the candidate nominated for the deputy of the National Assembly by majoritarian system out of force under point eight of Article 18 and point seven of Article 25 of this Code the electoral deposit and the means left in the pre-election fund are transferred to the state budget.

4. In the event of recognizing the registration of the candidate nominated for the deputy of the National Assembly by majoritarian system as out of force in the result of losing the voting right, the sum of the electoral deposit is paid back and the means left in the pre-election fund are transferred to the state budget.

 

CHAPTER TWENTY-ONE
STATUS OF THE CANDIDATE FOR DEPUTY

Article 110: Equality of the Candidates for National Assembly Deputies

Candidates for deputy have equal rights and responsibilities.

 

Article 111: Rights, Responsibilities and Guarantees for Activity of the Candidates for National Assembly Deputies

1. Those candidates, who are employees of the state and local self-governing bodies of the Republic of Armenia, are released from the performance of their official duties, from the time of registration until the official announcement of the election results.

2. The candidates are released from call-ups, military service and military training until the official announcement of the election results.

3. The period of time of candidate's running in elections is considered as continuation of his/her professional career.

4. Candidates have the right to withdraw their candidature not later than ten days prior to the election. In the event of the withdrawal of the candidacy the electoral deposit and the means left in the pre-election fund are transferred to the state budget.

5. Parties have the right to withdraw their party lists, as well as withdraw any candidacy registered by the lists by the decision of the permanently functioning body of the party, not later than 10 days prior to the day of voting. That decision is immediately submitted to the Central Electoral Commission. It is forbidden to make any changes in the party electoral lists after the voting is completed.

6. A candidate on the party list can be arrested, subjected to administrative or criminal liability by court order, solely upon the consent of the Central Electoral Commission, and the candidates nominated to the National Assembly by majoritarian system upon the consent of the Regional Electoral Commission. The Central Electoral Commission and the Regional Electoral Commission take a decision on the above-mentioned issue by at least two-thirds vote of the total number of the members of the commission.

 

CHAPTER TWENTY-TWO
PRE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN
DURING THE ELECTIONS TO THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

Article 112: The Pre-Election Fund of the Candidate for Deputy and the Party

1. The candidate for the deputy and the party that has nominated an electoral list for the National Assembly proportional elections, for the purpose of conducting pre-election campaign, can establish an pre-election fund on the name of their plenipotentiary representative, which is formed from voluntary contributions set forth in Article 25 of this Code.

2. A candidate has the right to make a contribution to his/her own pre-election fund in the amount 1,000 times the minimum salary of the Republic of Armenia, and a party in the amount of 2,000 times the minimum salary.

3. Each physical person can make a voluntary contribution to pre-electoral funds of candidates and parties, in the amount of up to fifty times the minimum salary, and each legal person up to 150 times the minimum salary.

4. During the pre-election campaign a candidate has the right to spend an amount not exceeding 5,000 times the minimum salary, and a party an amount not exceeding 60,000 times the minimum salary.

5. Candidates for deputies of the National Assembly and parties, registered in the procedure established by this Code to run in the elections of the National Assembly, for the purpose of conducting pre-election campaign have the right to use the means of their pre-election funds only.

 

Article 113: Pre-Election Campaign

1. The pre-election campaign during the elections to the National Assembly is conducted in accordance with the procedure and time frames set forth in Articles 18-23 of this Code.

2. Parties running in the elections to the National Assembly, in the period of the pre-election campaign enjoy the rights established by Article 81 of this Code.

 

 

CHAPTER TWENTY-THREE
BALLOTS, SUMMARIZATION OF THE ELECTION RESULTS

Article 114: Ballots

1. The elections to the National Assembly by the proportional and majoritarian systems are held with separate ballots.

2. A ballot for the elections to the National Assembly by proportional system contains the names of parties (party alliances) in alphabetical order, as well as the family names and first names of the first three candidates on the list.

3. Ballots for the elections to the National Assembly by proportional system are printed by the order of the Central Electoral Commission. The Central Electoral Commission, through Regional Electoral Commissions allocates the ballots to Precinct Electoral Commissions on the day prior to the day of voting. The ballots shall be of the same colour.

4. A ballot for the elections to the National Assembly by the majoritarian system contains the family names and the first names of the candidates in alphabetical order, according to the family name, and the names of the nominating parties (party alliances), and in the event of civil initiative the words "Civil initiative".

5. Ballots for the elections to the National Assembly by majoritarian system are printed by the order of the Regional Electoral Commission. The Regional Electoral Commission allocates the ballots to Precinct Electoral Commissions on the day prior to the day of voting.

6. Ballots shall be of the same colour, and differ from the colour of the ballots mentioned in point two of this Article.

7. The number of ballots allocated shall be five per cent more, than the number of voters on the precinct voter list.

 

Article 115: Summarization of Results of the National Assembly Proportional Elections

1. The Central Electoral Commission based on the data of the summarization protocols of voting results in the regions, in the procedure and time frames established by Article 63 of this Code summarizes the election results, and takes one of the following decisions:

1). on the election of the deputies of the National Assembly by proportional system;

2). on recognizing the election to the National Assembly by proportional system as invalid;

2. Mandates envisaged for the National Assembly by proportional system are distributed among those party lists, which have received at least five per cent of the total of the number of the votes cast for party lists, running in the elections and the number of inaccuracies. In case only one party has received the five per cent of the total of the number of the votes cast for party lists and the number of inaccuracies, the two parties that have received the next maximum votes participate in the distribution of the mandates. If up to three parties run in the elections to the National Assembly by proportional system, then all the parties participate in the distribution of mandates.

3. Mandates envisaged for the National Assembly by proportional system are distributed among the party lists proportional to the votes cast for them. The counting of the mandates to be distributed to each party list is done as follows: the number of votes cast for each list is multiplied by the number of mandates to be allocated to the lists, the result is divided by the total number of votes cast for the lists participating in the distribution of the mandates, and the integer numbers are separated, which are the numbers of mandates to be allocated to each list.

4. The rest of the mandates are distributed among the lists by the magnitude of residuals, on the principle of one mandate to each. In the event of the equality of the magnitude of residuals the disputed mandate is given to the list, which has received the biggest number of "yes" votes. In the event of their equality the matter is settled by drawing a lot.

5. The candidate, whose consecutive number in the list is small or equal to the number of mandates to be allocated to the given list is considered elected by the list.

6. The mandate to be allocated to the candidate elected by proportional system, but who has been also elected by majoritarian system, shall be given to the next candidate on the list.

7. Elections to the National Assembly by proportional system are recognized as invalid, if:

1). Such violations of this Code have taken place during the preparation and conduct of the elections, that could have influenced the election results.

8. Appeals related to disputes over the results of the National Assembly proportional elections can be adjudicated to the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Armenia within seven days after the results are officially announced.

9. Re-election will be held not sooner than 10 days and not later than 20 days after the decision on declaration of National Assembly proportional elections invalid comes into force, with the same number of candidates, in compliance with the current Code.

Article 116: Summarization of Results of the National Assembly Majoritarian Elections

1. Based on the data of the summarization protocols of voting, in the procedure and time frames set forth in Article 62 of this Code, the Regional Electoral Commission summarizes the election results by constituencies, and takes one of the following decisions:

1). on the election of a deputy;

2). on recognizing the elections of the deputies as invalid;

3). on recognizing the elections of the deputies as not held;

2. The candidate, who has received the maximum "yes" votes, is considered as elected.

3. In the event if only one candidate runs at the elections, he/she is considered as elected, if he/she has received more than half of the votes of the participants in the elections.

4. In the event if two and more candidates have received maximum equal "yes" votes, drawing is held among them, to determine the elected candidate.

5. The election of the deputies is recognized invalid, if the amount of inaccuracies influencing the number of votes excludes the possibility to determine the elected candidate, if in the course of preparation or conduct of elections such violations of the Code occurred, that might effect the results of elections.

6. The election of a deputy is recognized not held, if:

1). the only candidate running has not received the required number of votes for being elected;

2). the elected candidate has died before the election results have been summarized.

7. Within two hours after the decision on summarization of the election results has been made, the Chairman of the Regional Electoral Commission sends a report to the Central Electoral Commission.

8. Appeals related to disputes over the results of the National Assembly majoritarian elections can be adjudicated to the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Armenia within seven days after the results are officially announced.

9. Re-elections will be held not sooner than 10 days and not later than 20 days after the decision on declaration of the election of a candidate invalid comes into force.

10. Re-elections will be held not sooner than 30 and not later than 40 days after the decision on declaration of the election as not held comes into force. Re-elections will be held with new nominations of candidates and within dates determined for the conduct of extraordinary elections.

 

CHAPTER TWENTY-FOUR
ASSIGNMENT AND CONDUCTING
OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS

Article 117: Time frames for Assignment and Conducting of the National Assembly Regular Elections and for Nomination and Registration of the Candidates

1. Regular elections to the National Assembly are held within 60 days proceeding the end of its authorities.

2. The President of the Republic issues a decree on assignment of regular election, not later than 100 days prior to the day of voting.

3. Parties submit the documents for nomination of candidates for deputies by proportional system to the Central Electoral Commission not later than 61 days prior to the voting day, before 6 PM, and parties receive the official papers for supporting the nomination from Central Electoral Commission not sooner than 65 and not later than 60 days prior to the voting day.

4. The documentation required for registration is submitted to the Central Electoral Commission not later than 45 days prior to the voting day, until 6:00 p.m.

5. The registration of party lists is done not earlier than 45 and not later than 35 days prior to the voting day, until 6:00 p.m.

6. Documentation on nomination of candidates for deputies of National Assembly by majoritarian system is submitted to relevant Regional Electoral Commission not later than 55 days prior to the voting day, before 12 PM, and candidates receive official papers for supporting the nomination from Regional Electoral Commission not sooner than 60 days and not later than 55 days prior to the voting day.

7. The documentation required for registration of candidates is submitted to the Regional Electoral Commission not earlier than 45 days prior to the voting day, until 6:00 p.m.

8. The registration of candidates for deputies of the National Assembly by majoritarian system is done not later than 35 days prior to the voting day, until 6:00 p.m.

9. In the event if official papers of support for one candidate or one party list are submitted in the dates established by points four and seven of this Article, those dates, as well as the dates mentioned in the points five and seven are extended for five days.

 

Article 118: Assigning and Conducting By-elections of the National Assembly

1. In the event of a vacancy in the National Assembly by the majority system after the regular elections or as a result of early termination of powers of a deputy, by-elections are held at the relevant constituency.

2. By-elections to the National Assembly by majoritarian system are held in the procedure established for regular elections:

1). on the third Sunday in May, if the mandate has been left vacant until the 1st of March;

2). on the third Sunday in October, if the mandate has been left vacant until the 1st of August.

3. In the fourth year of the powers of the National Assembly by-elections by majoritarian system are not held.

4. By the decision of the Central Electoral Commission the mandate of a deputy elected by proportional system, whose term of powers has been pre-terminated, is given to the candidate next on the relevant list, within one week. If there is no other candidate on the party list, the mandate stays vacant.

 

Article 119: Assigning and Conducting Extraordinary Elections of the National Assembly

1. Extraordinary elections are held not earlier than 30 and not later than 40 days after the dissolution of the National Assembly.

2. The President of the Republic issues a decree on assigning extraordinary elections together with the decree on the National Assembly's dissolution.

3. A party submits the required documentation to the Central Electoral Commission for nomination of candidates to the National Assembly by proportional system, not later than 25 days prior to the election day, until 6:00 p.m.

4. The registration of the party lists is done not earlier than 25 and not later than 20 days prior to the day of voting, until 6:00 p.m.

5. Documentation required for nomination of candidates by majoritarian system is submitted to the Regional Electoral Commission not earlier than 20 and not later than 15 days prior to the election day, until 6:00 p.m.

6. The registration of candidates for the deputy of the National Assembly by majoritarian system is done not earlier than 15 and not later than 10 days prior to the election day, until 6:00 p.m.